China covered up the original source of the c oronavirus and ordered hospitals to keep quiet, a sensational new report claims.
Chinese officials have previously been suspected of silencing doctors who tried to blow the whistle on the fatal disease before the global outbreak.
Damning new footage appears to show medics in Wuhan – the original epicentre of Covid-19 – admitting they were gagged way back in December 2019.
China has suggested that the virus may have started elsewhere, recently suggesting it came from meat imported from Australia as it pointed the finger during an escalating diplomatic row.
But in a new ITV Documentary, The Virus That Shook The World, which will air on Tuesday, a senior Wuhan Medic will state: “We were told not to speak out. Provincial leaders told the hospitals not to tell the truth.”
And, according to The Sun, another will say: “We all felt there shouldn’t be any doubt about human-to-human transmission.”
It comes as US Intelligence claims that Wuhan lab researchers had coronavirus symptoms days before cases were officially confirmed.
A statement on Sunday from the US Department of State alleged that the Chinese Communist Party had a “deadly obsession with secrecy and control”.
Disturbing footage shows Wuhan scientists bitten by bats 2 years before Covid
Officials claim that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had been experimenting with viruses similar to Covid.
The first cases of the infection were, originally, believed to have originated from a wet meat market.
There is a conventional theory that it was transmitted from animals to humans.
But American officials have now said that a “laboratory accident could resemble a natural outbreak” if the initial exposure included patients who were asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has sent researchers to Wuhan to probe facilities.
A group of 10 scientists will begin investigating the origins of the pandemic following a two-week quarantine period.
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